What you need to know
- Huawei today teased the launch of the Mate 40 series.
- This comes after reports of the phone being delayed into 2021.
- Renders and specs for Huawei's upcoming flagship already leaked, showing us what to expect.
Huawei is launching the Mate 40, its second flagship of the year, sometime soon. The company teased the launch today, sharing a video on Twitter that reiterated the fact that the Mate 40 was coming soon.
The tweet is a timely one. A report this week from noted leaker, Evan Blass, states that Huawei was expected to delay the launch of the flagship till 2021, potentially due to supply chain issues. Huawei's announcement seems well placed to counter that.
Of course, while the handset could be expected to launch soon in China, it may have a delayed global release as Huawei continues its tussle with the Trump Administration. It's a battle that has already cost the company access to crucial Google Play services and relationships with its component suppliers, and one that dictates how the future of its smartphone business.
As for the phone itself, it's expected to come with the Kirin 9000 processor. Renders already show us what the smartphone will look like, but we know nothing much about the handset. Fortunately, it looks like we won't have long to wait to find out more.
The Mate 30 was the first proper Huawei flagship to ship without Google's software on board. The hardware remains excellent even in 2020, but the lack of the Play Store and Google apps will be a deal-breaker for many.
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